Mayor’s Hand Up Initiative Launches CDL Training Program

July 7, 2015  – In May, Mayor John Cranley announced the organizations that would receive contracts for his Hand Up Initiative, a city partnership with top job readiness programs to address the issues of unemployment and poverty. The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) received $100,000 to implement new city-funded job training that will help participants gain employment and become self-sufficient.

CAA’s Youth Services department is kicking off a new CDL training program on July 13 and is currently recruiting for the first class of students. The program launches a new CAA partnership with one of the Midwest’s most respected CDL training facilities, Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.

Students who enroll in the new program will attend a free 5-week training course to obtain their license and begin a new career as a truck driver. Napier and CAA will also work with program participants on job placement through partner companies looking for new drivers.

To be eligible for the free program, applicants must be 21+, in good physical health, have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to Napier in Fairfield to attend the course full-time for 5 weeks. Additionally, students must meet financial eligibility requirements with a household income that is 175% of the poverty level.

Anyone interested in the new CDL training course should contact Tim Johnson at 513-569-1840 ext. 2417 or  A second class is scheduled to begin in October.